I didn't want another week to go by without checking in here... but I also feel like I'm a bit scattered, so like always, this will be good and random. (Hmmm. I think I've heard myself say that before. Uh... in every post lately?) Also, I've got a ton of pretty photos from all the party prepping and such that I have been wanting to share. I'll only share a few of them or else we'd be here all day.
I do have to share one kid story and I hope I won't get into trouble for it. (By the way, it's so hard when your kids get old enough to tell you they don't want you to blog about them or take photos etc. It limits me since they are kind of my world... but if you have been wondering why they show up less and less, that's why. Little stinkers... growing up and having opinions. Ha!) Anyway, Ava, my little introvert, told me that she didn't want to have anyone but Adrain, Joe and I and one friend on her actual birthday. She wanted Julia Child's Boeuf Bourguignon for dinner and an ice cream cake for dessert and one friend for only a few hours. I laughed and laughed but that's what she is getting tomorrow. A day with few people for limited time and special foods was her heart's request... I couldn't possibly say no. Sweet little thing. I am learning so much about what introverts need.
frosting carrots on top. I tell you. These kids have me wrapped around their fingers when it comes to birthday wishes!! (Clearly I delight in this.)
cute party ware.
this ice cream cake for Ava.
celebrate his 40th. He got sliders and Alaska king crab legs (thanks to his sister) on two back to back nights too. All this pretty in the kitchen forced me to change out two cupboards and the items on the counter tops. Because. I love when I get that bug to change things.
ever present. I did want to mention as well, how thankful I am that you're a community that let's me be vulnerable and share my life with you. I always do so with my husband's sweet blessing and I'm amazed time and time again, how God uses you to encourage me, and how often I hear that someone was touched because they felt like maybe they were all alone in a particular struggle and when I share mine in a real and vulnerable way, they realize they were not! We were meant to encourage each other in this journey and my heart soars when that all comes together and we do. I certainly don't always get it right, but fears have been my shadow lately and I've been daily encouraged to have faith and share that real struggle with you because it's not always easy. I am so thankful for this community.
Ever Thine Home. Isn't it the CUTEST??? I love having this little reminder in my bedroom nook.
Here's some honesty. As Adrain and I have been journeying together with his new job and such, it's been months of juggling our relationship while he put in crazy hours studying and working, and we regularly talk about the state of things which I think is important for all marriages by the way, not just during those trying times. Sometimes I'm demanding and selfish and wish for more of his attention (that was yucky to type out but sadly true) and I'm constantly blown away by his patient love for me in spite of ME! He always stops to talk it out and reminds me how much he loves me and shows me kindness when I'm having a wife tantrum. Bless his heart. I'm going to be grateful for his love all my life. He shows me constantly, what unconditional actually means.
reopen my etsy shop. Just a quick mention here, and don't worry, I won't bombard you with it. (grin) I added this sweet macaron photo print as well, but that's all I'll say on the subject.
I'm off to finish sweet Ava's birthday cake. I hope she loves it as we ring in 13. I'm celebrating these new beginnings with Adrain's job, and having two teenagers, and one about to get a driver's permit. Yes, I am even celebrating that! It's going to be quite a year! I love the people my children are becoming and I had no idea teenagers would be this much fun. They keep me laughing more and more and I am delighting in their company in ways I never imagined.